Exuma is an enclave of over 365 islands and cays which are spread over 100 miles in the Bahamas. The Bahamas recognizes the Exuma as a district. Exuma is divided into three major areas namely, Great Exuma, Little Exuma and the Exuma Cays, each of them offering their own unique sense of the Bahamas experience.
Great and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings and enchanting beaches where you have plenty of things you can do. The most exhilarating things you can do here include adventurous activities like Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Snorkeling and much more. Be it low-budget comfort that you are looking for or some luxurious royal treatment, Exuma vacation rentals has something to offer for pretty much everyone.
While the exhilaration of visiting in the Great and Little Exuma is an experience in itself, the Exuma Cays are where the real adventure is. Many of the cays here are inhabited by locals and have been bought by people so they can have their own condos and resorts here. These cays have the most serene and alluring beaches one can ever find. Surrounded by astonishing reefs and abundant ecology, these beaches have crystal clear water with shining silver beaches that twist through the place in glorious abundance. If you have been dreaming of a sunlit and serene Caribbean experience, favourite drink in hand and no other footprint on the sand but yours, well, you have hit treasure gold.
The cays also house the world’s first ever land-and-sea reserve, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which is pretty much the shining jewel in the crown of these gloriously enchanting islands.
Perhaps the best thing that Exuma has to offer is its weather. Soft, warm sunshine graces this mellow yet heartbreakingly beautiful beaches all year round. So, if you are someone who just got a much-awaited vacation time in the middle of the year and are worried about the planning, do not worry. Even if you pack and leave right then, Exuma’s sunlit dunes will be there to welcome you home.
Like mentioned before, Exuma has something to offer everyone. Whether it is luxury and sophistication you are looking for or adrenaline rush inducing thrill in your blood, Exumas has it all with its grand resorts and adventure sports like sailing, kayaking, scuba diving etc.
How to Reach There
You can only reach the Exuma either via air or water. By air, one can catch a flight to the region’s major commercial airport, the Exuma International Airport, which is situated at a distance of just 16 miles from George Town, the capital. You can board a flight from Atlanta, Miami, or Nassau to get here.
If you are going to travel by boats, you are going to have to go for a mail boat. They depart from Nassau on every Tuesday and Thursday, taking around 8 hours to arrive at George Town. It stops several times at different points while on the way to Exuma. However, there are no sleeping compartments, which is really not as bad as it sounds. Just remember to bring a sleeping bag and blankets and curl up on the deck, letting the sea breeze waft through your hair as you watch the stars in the sky. A single way ticket will cost you $60.
Things to do
Eco-tourism is one of the biggest things in Exuma. As mentioned before, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is one of the biggest attractions in the region. Nature and natural sights is in glorious abundance here. Tall sandbars burst through the low tides of the sea. Make your way to Thunderball Grotto and twist and swim around huge rocks while not losing sight of the skyline once.
O skinny dipping at Guana Cay has its own collection of amazing sights, with its exquisite reserve of natural stalacites and stalagmites. A giant 10 feet tall geyser, the Blow Hole, is also not something you would want to miss.
But that’s not all you can do at Exuma. You can go to Allen Cay where you can find the Allen’s Cay Iguana, one of the 7 subspecies of rock Iguanas found in the Bahamas who are very gentle creatures and very welcoming to guests who bring them gifts such as vegetables and other kinds of food.
And as if that’s not enough, one deal with 4 C’s Adventures and you will have an experience of a lifetime. They shall take you on a full day’s worth of trip in and around the islands, letting you swim through the aquamarine blue waters, sometimes alongside sharks just for the added thrill. Or just watch the swimming pigs splash and play in the water and feed them the food your guide gives you. Or you may just laze around and have a picnic on one of the mile-long sandbars. Just you, your loved ones and leagues upon leagues of the bluest of seas around you.
To be fair, there are a lot more things to do here than the ones listed on this article. From long, lazy strolls on the beach to sumptuous food to the added thrill of all kinds of adventure sports, Exuma has a hundred things to offer and some more.
If you are a foodie like most travelers who travel the world in search of local tastes and flavours, then you know that food is one of the most important parts of visiting any new place. A place that has only bland, graceless food to offer will probably not be as thrilling as one that offers up flavours to make your taste buds dance. Though, it is true that food does not have to be luxurious to be good. Local succulent simplicities might be the most flavourful and memorable and Exuma has a lot of that to offer. It is known for its freshly caught and served seafood that is also very culturally significant to the Bahamas. Uncountable number of succulent fish like the Bonefish, Grouper, Lobster, Conch, Marlin, Starfish, Tarpon and others are plattered and served with special spices and twists that make them all the more flavourful.
Perhaps the most popular and thriving food joint here is the George Town Fish Fry that offers you an expansive menu with a lot of different items to choose from. Each item on the menu is a specialty and a delight. There is also Chat and Chill, which must be visited on Fridays so you may partake on some delicately roasted pig while you join the clusters of delightfully chattering locals.
So, there you have it. From food to adventure to beautifully lazy sandbars that you can while away your days on, the Exumas have a platter of delights to offer up. And if you have forever dremt of your sunlit Caribbean vacation that changes your life for the better, the Exuma experience might be what you have been looking for.